Wondering

14
Oct

Wondering

What to say at this point. Looking at moving into a larger facility to offer more, bigger, better but does it matter? Readership on the blog is declining, people are signing up for classes and not showing and actually less are signing up than before. Is it the schedule? Is it something that is going on I don't know or understand? Or is it coincidence?

The other evening, Jared,Penny and I had a great dinner and discussed CFCV and other topics germane to our collective interests. It was a good opportunity to hear things from another perspective and Jared suggested a questionnaire be distributed. I can't think of a better way to accomplish this than through this blog. As a respondent, individuals can either respond publicly as a comment here or privately in an e-mail response, but I'd like to know from those of you that have been around enough to answer intelligently the answers to the following:

  1. What do you expect from CFCV?
  2. What would you change?

  3. What would you keep the same?

I would really be interested in the answers to these questions. I have been told throughout my life I am unapproachable and I get that, but, here is your chance to fire away. I understand if no one cares enough to answer as it is just a gym and a place to workout and I respect that view, but I just would like to know if that's all there is to it. If it is I'm good with that.

Enough of that bull shit, Thanks Claudia for handling the 9:00 class today and the next two days. We are testing for new firefighters at East Fork and the process is my responsibility. As such I must be available for the mornings Tuesday through Thursday. Friday evening I am leaving for Chico for an Olympicic weightlifting cert/clinic with Greg Everett at Robb Wolf's CrossFit Norcal. Once again I have an interest to learn and train those that are interested in the snatch and clean and jerk.

Welcome Kelly, I hope you find CFCV worthy of your interest.

5 Responses

  1. Caleb

    Well, I guess I’ll reply to your questions on the blog. I don’t think I have anything to hide.
    1) What do you expect from CFCV?
    I expect to show up for a class (that I signed up for in advance) and be provided with a workout that challenges me. The thing I have always loved about CrossFit is that I don’t have to show up at a gym and think about what I’m going to do that day. The work out has been decided on ahead of time, I just have to step up and give it my all.
    I also expect to have a qualified person there to provide oversight and training to help me improve the effectiveness of my workout. This has great value to me and is worth every dime.
    2) What would you change?
    I thought a long time about this question and all I can think of is maybe it should be clearer to any newcomers or visitors who is in charge, or employed by CFCV. Many of the members have “recruited” other friends or family to join CFCV which makes for a great “family” atmosphere that I think everyone enjoys, but I have heard others express that when they visited they didn’t know who to talk to, or who was in charge.
    3) What would you keep the same?
    I love the variety that Ron is starting to mix in. The newer gymnastics and weightlifting things we’ve learned are fun and keep it interesting. So I guess what should stay the same is the changes- does that make sense? Every time Ron returns from a training there are new methods or new exercises to learn. Who knew we were doing squats wrong all along?! I really appreciate that we have a trainer who is constantly striving to keep us challenged and interested.
    So, there are my “deep” thoughts. CFCV has helped me make changes in my life that were long overdue and I hope it continues to be a success.

  2. Ron

    Comment:
    Well, I guess I’ll reply to your questions on the blog. I don’t think I have anything to hide. 1) What do you expect from CFCV? I expect to show up for a class (that I signed up for in advance) and be provided with a workout that challenges me. The thing I have always loved about CrossFit is that I don’t have to show up at a gym and think about what I’m going to do that day. The work out has been decided on ahead of time, I just have to step up and give it my all. I also expect to have a qualified person there to provide oversight and training to help me improve the effectiveness of my workout. This has great value to me and is worth every dime. 2) What would you change? I thought a long time about this question and all I can think of is maybe it should be clearer to any newcomers or visitors who is in charge, or employed by CFCV. Many of the members have “recruited” other friends or family to join CFCV which makes for a great “family” atmosphere that I think everyone enjoys, but I have heard others express that when they visited they didn’t know who to talk to, or who was in charge. 3) What would you keep the same? I love the variety that Ron is starting to mix in. The newer gymnastics and weightlifting things we’ve learned are fun and keep it interesting. So I guess what should stay the same is the changes- does that make sense? Every time Ron returns from a training there are new methods or new exercises to learn. Who knew we were doing squats wrong all along?! I really appreciate that we have a trainer who is constantly striving to keep us challenged and interested. So, there are my “deep” thoughts. CFCV has helped me make changes in my life that were long overdue and I hope it continues to be a success.
    Commenter name: Caleb
    Commenter email: [email protected]
    IP address: 24.176.255.50
    This comment was deleted by the system, I thought I would repost it for Caleb.

  3. Seth

    I would have to agree with everything Caleb has posted here on all three questions.
    I expect an intense workout that is already decided on before I arrive at the time I have signed up for. I expect to be pushed to my limits or at least to determine what those limits are.
    The thing I really would change is the schedule. I really enjoyed the consistency of a 5 day week.
    What I would keep the same is your willingness to learn new skills and exercises. Like Caleb and many others we all enjoy the new moves you continue to bring back from the different classes you attend.
    CFCV is something I look forward to and I enjoy the variety of workouts that are always provided. I can feel improvements in my body inside and out. I look forward to moving to the new gym.
    Thanks for everything Ron.

  4. Jared

    Another 2 scents, cents or sense? Anyway, you mentioned readership of the blog is down. It got me thinking about several things in regards to just that topic.
    1) Does everyone (new people) know the website address?
    2) Inconsistent blogging. I know it’s probably tough to figure out what to type every day; but i think it’s important to blog everyday. If you only do it once or twice a week, people won’t come back but once or twice a week to view it. Pulling other websites or articles for us to view is great, personal accomplishments, the future of the gym, there are a lot of things that can be put in to keep our interest.
    3) Pictures!! I think people love seeing pictures of the workouts in progress. I know I do; especially pulling up some old ones. It’s nice to see our progress; in our bodies.
    I’m sure i will come up with some more things later; but that’s it for now.

  5. Lisa

    I read your blog a couple of days ago and wanted to think about your questions before posting an answer. So, after thinking long and hard I realized that I was able to come up with many “likes” but really nothing of significance that I would like changed. In fact the two suggestions I would have made (a program for kids and moving into a larger space) were addressed before I had the opportunity. Anyway, your willingness to solicit suggestions is appreciated and there were several very good thoughts brought forward by others.
    I agree with many of the positive points identified by Caleb and Seth. I like coming to the gym and having the workouts planned for me. I like that the workouts are always different and challenging. I like the camaraderie and support that we have been able to foster. We really have a fantastic and supportive group of people at Crossfit Carson Valley, which is one of the reasons I am able to keep my teenage son coming back!
    Before I was introduced to Crossfit, my attempts to “get fit” were short lived; from local gym memberships to Billy Blanks Boot Camp CDs to the laundry that now hangs on my CrossBow, these efforts lasted anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months (maybe). My point is with each attempt I either didn’t know how to use the equipment or I got bored. With Crossfit, that hasn’t been the case. Ron, you are a patient and knowledgeable instructor and that really keeps the workouts fresh and challenging; you has been able to accomplish the impossible…to keep me interested and coming back for over two years!
    So, to answer your final question…keep doing what you’re doing. Keep learning as much as you can so you can share it with us. Stay passionate about helping others to improve themselves and to become healthier individuals. The time, energy and expense that you and Penny have sacrificed is sincerely appreciated. You need to know that all of your efforts are truly important and have made a difference.